Aurorem - I'm pretty sure that you could come up with some good options with your multi-lingual skills. The first thing whenever you're trying to make a big shift like this is to sit down (maybe with friends who you can trust?) and list the qualities and things that you ENJOY and are good at. Then work from there. With the addition of alcohol it could be quite fun - you never know what ideas might come up! On a more serious note I resonate strongly with many people on here. I did my GTP in a very tough school (12% GCSE A*-C - don't know how I bloody survived. HoD did say it was a minor miracle!) and then my NQT in a good average comprehensive. GTP = kids from the abyss, workload like you couldn't imagine, amazing staff. Hours were about 80 a week. NQT = average kids, perfectly reasonable workload (50hours ish), nightmare staff (had to start Union complaint against HoD it go that bad!). Both years were a total nightmare for different reasons. I'm really not sure which stress was easier to deal with. But not surprising, it left a very bad taste about teaching in my mouth. I went on to do a CELTA - the gold standard for TEFL (possible recommendation for people here?) and have just spent a year and a bit travelling and spent 6 months teaching English to South-East Asian kids in Australia - where the money is pretty good for this kind of thing. This was teaching that I actually really enjoyed, and I loved the subject - linguistics and dissecting the English language more than what I teach in high-schools (which is Science. BOOORRIING!). So, an option for people here is to move into TEFL. One word of warning though - you'd be better off moving to a country other than the UK for this work. I worked over the summer holidays just to keep the money rolling in and the pay is pretty poor compared to 'mainstream teaching' but enough to just get by on. Australia paid pretty well and I believe this is the case for many other countries - you'd have to look at it on a case by case basis. I'm now doing day to day supply in high schools - because TEFL is dried up and doesn't pay enough for me (saving for travelling again!). I've got the chance to go and interview for a school very close to me which is a good school and it's a 2 term maternity cover job. Problem is, I felt apprehensive and stressed doing the application, felt angry at myself for spending the time on it (for a job I don't want? what the hell am I thinking?!) then got the bloody interview. Now I'm stressed about the interview because the lesson ob will be half hour of A-Level teaching - which I've never done, and I'm thinking - should I even bother to make the effort? I hate teaching and the thought of going back into a school one day (which may happen if I don't find something else - I don't have any other skills I can bring to the fore at the moment) as a permanent member staff with planning, preparation and marking makes me feel physically ill. But although I'm told by one and all that I'm a good teacher (and I do beleive that I am. Not the best but good) I've realised recently that those 'penny drop' moments that other people write about just don't happen for me. I was speaking to someone at a school I supplied at yesterday and she was going on about 'it's all about changing kids lives and that's what keeps me going'. She was genuine and everything. It just made me think, "I know I should care, and I know that I should find this a rewarding profession. But I don't care and I don't find it rewarding". What's more, I've found throughout the whole thing from GTP onwards that I'm just really bored. Bored by the curriculum, the paperwork, the kids, the parents, the planning. Bored by the whole system. I kept on telling myself that things will get better because, at the end of the day, teaching is a very challenging profession with a big, and infinite, learning curve, and these things *do* take time. But it never got better. I'm still in a quandry about the interview for two terms even because it would be a big step up if I got the job (A-level and all) and all my energy would go into that. I actually enjoy the kids during supply a lot of the time and then just get to go home and get on with life. But pressures from parents, expectations from those around you, not to mention this awful "what you *should* do" and "what you *should* feel" pressures conspire to keep me from completely saying no - don't want a 'proper' job. Is it really worth doing it just to satisfy other people around you, or because it's 'the sensible thing to do' when everything inside you is screaming 'no'? Does anyone else feel the same? Reading the posts here has helped me a lot - you see things that you agree with and it helps you get your own thoughts in order. I'm really sorry for the length of this post, but this is an important thread and I wanted to make my contribution on the off-chance that it helps other people make clear decisions - one way or another - about how to go forward.